basket ball terms a-f

  1. Alternating-possession rule:
    The possession arrow changes direction after each held ball situation, alternating which team gets possession of the ball.
  2. Assist:
    A pass that immediately precedes and sets up a scored basket.
  3. Backcourt:
    The half of the court that is opposite a team’s offensive basket; the court a team is attempting to defend.
  4. Ball Side:
    The half of the court from the middle to the sideline where the ball iscurrently located. May also be referred to as the ‘strong side’
  5. Bank shot:
    A shot where the ball is first bounced (or banked) off the backboard at such an angle that it then drops into the basket.
  6. Baseline:
    The boundary line behind each basket; also called the endline.
  7. Beat the defender:
    When an offensive player, with or without the ball, is able to get past an opponent who is guarding him.
  8. Bench Points:
    The number of points scored during a game from players that began the game on the bench. All points scored by non-starters.
  9. Blocked shot:

    The successful deflection of a shot by touching part of the ball on its way to the basket, thereby preventing a field goal.
  10. Bounce pass:
    A pass that strikes the floor before it reaches the receiver.
  11. Boxing out:

    A player’s attempt to position his body between his opponent and the basket to get rebounds and prevent the opponents from doing so. Also referred to as Blocking out.
  12. Carrying the ball:

    Also called “palming;” a violation committed by a dribbler that involves placing the dribbling hand under the ball and momentarily holding or carrying it while dribbling.
  13. Center:

    Also called the “pivot player;” an offensive position typically played by a tall player who plays mainly in the key areas (at the post).
  14. Center court circle:

    The circular area at midcourt from which jump balls are taken.
  15. Charging:

    A personal foul committed when an offensive player illegally contacts a defensive player who has established position or is stationary.
  16. Chest pass:
    A two-handed pass thrown from the passer’s chest in a straight line to the chest area of the receiver
  17. Controlling the boards:

    Securing a majority of the rebounds.
  18. Conversion:

    A made basket or free throw.
  19. Court vision:

    A player’s ability to see everything on the court during play — such as where his teammates and defenders are set up — which enables him to make better choices in passing; the best players possess this trait.
  20. Crossover dribble:

    A dribble in which the ball is moved from one hand to the other while the dribbler changes directions.
  21. Cut:

    A quick movement by an offensive player to elude an opponent or to receive the ball.
  22. Cylinder:

    The imaginary area directly above the basket where goaltending or basket interference can occur.
  23. Dead ball:

    Occurs whenever the whistle blows to stop play and after a field goal, but before the opponent gains possession of the ball.
  24. Defensive rebound:

    A rebound of an opponent’s missed shot.
  25. Double-double:

    When a player scores double-digits in 2 categories during one game (points, assists and rebounds are most common, but it can also be blocks or steals); a sign of great versatility.
  26. Elbow:

    A term often used to indicate the area of the court where the free-throw line and side of the key meet.
  27. Established position:

    When a defensive player has both feet firmly planted on the floor before an offensive player’s head and shoulder get past him; the offensive player who runs into such a defender is charging.
  28. 4-point play:

    A made 3-point field goal in which the shooter was fouled, followed by a successful free-throw.
  29. Fastbreak:

    An offensive strategy in which a team attempts to move the ball downcourt and into scoring position as quickly as possible so that the defense is outnumbered and does not have time to set up.
  30. Flagrant foul:

    Unnecessary or excessive contact against an opponent.
  31. Forward:

    An offensive position played to the sides of the basket near the key area and out toward the sideline along the baseline.
  32. Full–court press:

    A defensive tactic in which a team guards the opponents closely the full length of the court.
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basket ball terms a-f